Guam Diner Bytes: Classic ramen comes to town
Attention Ramen Lovers! Would you believe that Guam is the new home of a Michelin-rated ramen house? Yes, Misoya has opened its doors and is serving people their unique version and varieties of miso ramen like you’ve not had before! Misoya is part of an international chain with locations in New York, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Montreal, Taipei, Bangkok and Tokyo.
They’ve made it a point to carefully explain and educate diners about the health benefits of the soybean as well as they taste for the styles of the miso they serve. These styles and preparations are regional in Japan. For example, kome miso (Hokkaido style), is the standard Japanese miso with a full-bodied taste. Shiro miso (Kyoto style), has a fruity and natural taste. Finally, Mame miso (Nagoya style), has a taste with a bitter finish.
Misoya’s menu serves each style of miso in a variety of ramen types including cha-shu ramen, ramen, yasai ramen (assorted vegetables), spicy ramen, and kimchee ramen. Each entree has topping suggestions, such as miso-flavored egg, or green onion, for additional charges. Like other ramen shops, they offer add-on ingredient toppings (would you believe butter?) and additional charges for extra noodles and their special Pork Cha-Shu, which is marinated in their own special homemade Miso.
I had the Kome Miso Cha-Shu ramen ($11.90 with miso flavored egg, add $1.50). The ingredients include soybean paste and chicken soup (they make their soup stock fresh every day). There are three thick slices of char-grilled miso pork cha-shu on the top of this bowl. It is a very dramatic and powerful visual, and when you taste this pork it is absolutely delicious and tender. Other ingredients are ground pork, bean sprouts, green onion, corn and fried potato. It is a very busy ramen and challenges you to finish!!
Zee’s Shiro Miso Yasai Ramen (assorted vegetables, $9.90) came without the ground pork, but had plenty of bean sprouts, cabbage, carrots, onion and green onion along with fried tofu. She enjoyed this and as you can tell from the photo, it has an entirely different broth. We both were ecstatic about the quality of the noodles!
It was like we had eaten earlier in the month in Sapporo. I also ordered their “gyoza” pot stickers (six pieces) which cost $4.95. These were also fresh and flavorful. I am looking forward to returning and trying their fried “karaage” chicken with miso mayonnaise, as well as their Spicy Miso Mini Cha-han.
We did have a chance to meet with Yu Furukawa, area manager for north & latin america for Misoya Ramen. He’s here working with local partners Charles McAlister and Keiko Nishida who have envisioned this high quality authentic ramen experience for Guam. You can expect more great things to come from this Misoya Ramen adventure on Guam.
Ken “The Guam Food Guy” Stewart